Getting Healthy Without Society’s Standards

by Nina Roehl
Also Featured on KCBS

Getting Healthy Without Society’s Standards

by Nina Roehl
Also Featured on KCBS
02.01.21
Photo courtesy of Nina Roehl
02.01.21

For as long as I can remember, weight has been an issue. When I stand next to my friends, I feel huge. I’m tired of feeling this way, so I’m making some changes. 

I’ve tried multiple times to go on a fitness journey, but it never stuck for long. My longest streak was during the beginning of quarantine. I bought workout guides, equipment, and started a meal plan. It felt good. 

Soon after I stepped on the scale, read the numbers, and my heart sank. It was like a flip of a switch — my mood instantly changed. I thought, “What was all that hard work for then?” I put my equipment away and got into bed.

It’s been a few months since then and I now realize when I first started my fitness journey, I was setting goals that were too high and based on unrealistic beauty standards from social media. 

So I threw out the scale. I know it’s easier said than done, but I’m going to focus on how I feel and what my body needs, and ignore society’s standards. Because in the end, it’s about what’s best for me. 

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